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    I can’t speak about your specific model of truck. I can tell you that I hand cut valve seats with special vintage tooling and abrasive pads. My exhaust valves were hardened. It can be done. Engine was in the car. It depends how bad your seats look. I’ve seen some seats in very poor condition after sitting in a field for decades. Those seat examples should be dressed with stones and powered tooling. After seat grinding by hand, I lapped in all new valves with the sandy lapping compound. I got good results. I spent a week of evenings leaning over the big bulbous fenders. It worked, b
  2. Yes that's it. I have 1 double ended wrench ¼ one end, 3/16 the other end. No good. Too big or too small. I'll get a set tomorrow likely.
  3. Yes Steve. I have family and friends there. Actually I was just there this week to pick up this Chrysler. Today I pulled the front drums. Inspected brakes. They were perfectly concentric. I tweaked the minor adjustment only. Just a tad. Front pads like new. No leaks. Fluid clear. I repacked the wheel bearings. I discovered both front wheel hubs are clockwise to tighten. Modern normal. It threw me off. Expecting left side to be LH threads. I assume someone changed it up. Will get to rears soon. Set accelerator pump to middle setting. Re-installed RH splash pan. Man that
  4. I won't be restoring this one....Just maintaining and enjoying it. I brought it home this week. It was restored 25 years ago. It came with an appraisal from 1998, 50,000 miles. When I got it this week, 57,000 miles. She's a gem. An emerald one. 1938 Chrysler C16 Royal coupe.
  5. Boy you’re making this hard to say no. I own a 1938 P6. I am a little reluctant though as I just spent barrels of cash acquiring a 1938 C16 also. Just yesterday. A 1938 Chrysler 2 dr coupe. My 1938 P6 engine block is currently in the machine shop. Due for pick-up tomorrow. That’ll be a hefty bill too. Money is pouring out like a faucet right now. I should have decades left to go in this game. Slow and steady for a little while now. Gotta dial it back for bit. Let the wallet gain a little weight again. Lol.
  6. I sure enjoy reading the comments here. I’ve had my share of trials with 6V systems. I own a 1953 Chrysler, all stock 6V. It works great! I also own a 1938 Plymouth. 6V too. Never underestimate what a previous owner may have done. People with little understanding do weird things, unaware of the consequences. My ‘38 starter was a mess. Wouldn’t turn over worth a darn. 12V would turn it lickety-split. The seller proved it to me when I was looking at the car to buy it. Later I pulled the starter. The armature was a mess. Partially melted I suppose from all the 12V it had seen
  7. I must admit, I enjoy my vintage cars way to much to be thinking about gas mileage. The topic is probably the lowest concern of anything on a possible list. 1 notch below insurance costs. Life’s too short.
  8. For a hobbyist, selling parts on ebay has become a PITA. No fun. I used to do it a lot. They seemed to have found a way to complicate almost every part of the process. Maybe with good reason. I don’t know. It takes effort, lots, to strip off 70 year old parts with very rusted fasteners. Wrap it all up. Pack it. Sell it. Ship it. Then people want stuff for as cheap as possible. I can understand at least some of the tone in the ad.
  9. Today I rounded up some steel and hardware. I went to see my hobby-machinist friend. We tag-teamed a bit to build this con-rod vise. It should allow me to install, torque and crush the rod bearings. Then measure bearing to crank journal clearances. Fairly accurately I think. Better than plasti-gauge I think? It was a fun project. Bonus working with my buddy too. All for the ‘38!
  10. 2 more weeks at the machine shop they tell me. Then I can take it home and start reassembly.
  11. Siamese pairing. Coolant does not flow between all adjacent cylinders. Font of block, and rear of block allow for coolant to cross flow form left side of block to right. Also between cyls 2&3 and 4&5. However between cylinders 1&2, 3&4, and 5&6, that is not so. Coolant does not cross flow. Those cylinders are closer together. So off set con-rods are necessary. See pic and look at the different spacing between cylinder pairs. My understanding is this siamese design also leads to some hotter spots in the engine. Some valves may run hotter than others. I suspect this is why
  12. Thanks for all the info folks. Good to know. I'm not sure what I want yet. I am pretty sure it'll be a Mopar product. At this point I am learning more about the mechanical updates and when they were introduced.
  13. I am contemplating another old car purchase. My oldest car currently is a 1938 Plymouth. I am interested in going back further. I think I like to be able to comfortably drive at 35-40 mph and feel stable. Max 40 mph is good enough for around here, town cruising. Yet I don’t want it to feel like its strung-out zinging along, laboring at 40. For reference my 1938 is quite comfortable at 50. What year would virtually all Mopar cars have centrifugal spark advance? About what era was vacuum advance pretty much a basic standard on all Mopar cars? I h
  14. Computers and smart phones have altered my attention span. My brain has been programmed to constantly seek fresh new information to read. I scan web sites like this one probably too often. I am always seeking new, interesting information connected to the old car hobby. Printed magazines attract me but fail to keep me engaged. I lose interest and head back the internet. So much information on the net. Within 30 seconds of reading printed material I start to wander. Looking for something else to read. I know I’m not alone....
  15. Born in 1971, I sometimes feel I missed some of the earlier, legacy eras. Not much I can do about that. Lol. With reference to automobiles my earliest memories would be mid-70's. My parents cars. I remember going to a car lot to pick up a slightly used large blue 4 door Pontiac. It was a massive boat with tons of room in the back seat for my brother and I. I remember it seemed to float down the roads with power steering and brakes. Probably a Parisienne. Before the Pontiac Dad had a '74-5 Dart with a 318. I know I travelled in it but have no actual memory of it. Fast forwar
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